Pond dip and bug hunt days at Beacon Park

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Pond dipping at Beacon Park

Calling all little nature enthusiasts! Beacon Park is holding a series of pond dipping and bug hunting sessions this month.

Lichfield District Council has plenty of activities to keep young people entertained over the long summer holiday.

At Beacon Park the fun starts off with a Pond Dip Day on Tuesday 26 July. Costing £1 for a one-hour session, children will explore the stream running through Beacon Park, hunting for pond life, including diving beetles, freshwater shrimps and water scorpions. The sessions will run on the hour from 10am until the last one starting at 2pm.

Then on Thursday 28 July, the team at Beacon Park will lead a Bug Hunt Day. This will see children exploring the park to find creepy crawlies, including woodlice, earwigs, ladybirds, bush crickets and shield bugs.

These one-hour sessions also cost £1 each and are running from 10am to 11am, 11.30am to 12.30pm, 1pm to 2pm, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

The pond dipping and bug hunting sessions need to be booked in advance by calling 01543 308869 or emailing parks@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “These sessions are a fun way for children to find out more about local wildlife. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit messy.”

Also running this month, the Xplorer orienteering challenge on Friday 29 July between 11am and 2pm, from Beacon Park’s play area. The task is to follow a map to find the markers and complete the challenge. It costs 50p for a map and it’s a drop-in activity.

For Lichfield District Council’s full Summer of Fun programme visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun